For Incoming Postdocs

Covid Vaccine Requirement - VacStatus

As we take every measure to ensure a healthy, safe work environment for you, we are requiring all those working at Princeton or other Princeton properties to be fully vaccinated before their start date.  This applies to all faculty, staff, researchers, appointed visiting faculty and researchers, temporary employees, and independent contractors. (See https://covid.princeton.edu/vaccinations/faculty-and-staff-requirement.)

The University requires you to provide proof of having been vaccinated for COVID-19 through both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.

You should have received communications from Princeton University concerning the set-up of your Princeton NetID. Once you have completed that important step it is essential that you follow the below instructions. If you have not done so already, you must upload your vaccination and booster status in the University’s VacStatus system as soon as possible-but no later than your first day of work.

If you have already received one or more doses of a COVID vaccine, please go into VacStatus immediately upon your completion of the set-up of your PU NetID, and select the option for “Provide or Confirm Vaccine Record” to upload a photo or scan of your vaccine record. If you are in need for a medical or religious accommodation please select the option for “Apply for a medical or religious accommodation”.

Questions about the COVID vaccine or VacStatus should be directed to the University’s COVID connector hotline: 609-258-7000 or covidvaccines@princeton.edu


Transportation and Parking

For information about transportation and visiting Princeton University, please see Visiting campus for links to rail and airport services, local buses and parking instructions for visitors. 

Revise your ride

This program offers enhanced benefits and incentives to participate in one of five commuter programs in lieu of a parking permit in order to reduce single occupancy vehicles on campus: bike/walk, carpool, vanpool, transit reimbursement, or NJ Transit bus pass. For information about the program please visit the website.


Housing

Princeton University staff housing is available to postdocs, however it is limited. Information on this program, including contacts, rates and application forms is available on the Housing and Real Estate Services website. Once your appointment at Princeton is approved and you have your NetID you may submit an application.

Off-Campus Housing

The Housing Office lists non-University housing in the Princeton area on the Off-Campus Housing web page. 

Options for housing in the Princeton area are limited.  Other areas within commuting distance are located in Mercer and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey; and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.


Tiger Trade

If you need to buy or rent something for your home in Princeton, check out TigerTrade. TigerTrade is an online exchange where you can browse listings that include everything from furniture, books, and cars to cribs, bicycles and sporting goods. A NetID and password are required to post items you want to sell or rent.


Visas

For international students and scholars, the Davis International Center is committed to providing services and programs that support your growth, development, and welfare, including immigration regulatory advising and processing, cultural adjustment, social enrichment, and assistance with practical matters related to living in the U.S. They have walk-in hours (no appointment necessary) at the Davis International Center, or you can schedule an appointment. Please go to their website for more information. 


Benefits

If you are a new-hire at Princeton, HR runs orientations frequently at Overlook.  Check the HR website for details. These sessions go over the benefits offered by the University. You can register by emailing benefits@princeton.edu and indicate your full name and the date of the session you wish to attend. For information about Benefits plans and eligibility, please go to https://hr.princeton.edu/thrive/health

For ranks that are eligible for the Princeton University Retirement Savings plan (https://hr.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/2019-10/benefits_2020_web.pdf) , Princeton University automatically enrolls you in the Retirement Savings Plan at 5% of your pay. If you would like to change your contribution of waive out of the plan, please visit the HR website for instructions at https://hr.princeton.edu/thrive/well-being-resources/retirement-savings-plan.


Employee Resource Groups

Princeton's Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are volunteer, employee-led organizations comprised of professionals from across the University and are formed based on shared interests and/or identities. Employee Resource Groups are open to all employees, including postdocs. Visit the website to learn more, and for membership and participation. 


Professional Development - McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning

The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning offers an array of workshops open to postdocs that include the following:

  • Building an Effective Relationship with your Advisor or PI
  • Reframing "Time Management" to Achieve your Goals
  • Taming Perfection and the Art of "Good Enough"
  • Balancing Scholarship and the Rest of Your Life
  • The Art of Saying "Yes" Strategically
  • Giving, Receiving, and Eliciting Feedback
  • Learning With and From Failure

For more information, and to register for the workshops, visit the McGraw Center website. Note individual learning consultations to help you develop an individualized approach to scholarship that draws upon your unique profile of experience, strengths, and interests while also considering the specific demands of your research, teaching, and life are also available. For more information, please contact Dr. Laura C. Murray, Assistant Director of Learning Programs at McGraw.